Wander Through Weird Museums Around The World

Tired of the usual tourist attractions when you travel? Want to waste some time at the oddest places you can find around the city? You wouldn’t be alone; every year thousands of people from all over the world flock to these museums of oddities to see what they have to offer. From the macabre to the titillating, skip the lines at the Smithsonian and give these a shot.

Museum Of The Weird

Museum Of The Weird

(Austin, Texas) – More like a sideshow than a real museum, this attraction promises weirdness and it delivers. You never know exactly what you will get when you go there, though they do always have a featured exhibit they announce on their site. This time it is the Minnesota Iceman. This frozen creature originally surfaced in the 1960’s and was shown in shopping centers and fairgrounds. But then the viewings just stopped, and until now no one has seen it. But now it is back, and being features as the headlining act at Museum of the Weird.

Parasite Museum

Parasite Museum

(Tokyo, Japan) – Have you ever wondered about the world of parasites? Neither have I, but this museum in Tokyo wants you to start. Or, as the English translation of their website says: “Try to think about parasites without a feeling of fear, and take the time to learn about their wonderful world of the Parasites.” That might sound weird, but there is something weirdly enticing about the offer.

American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

(Baltimore, Maryland) – Sock Monkey Saturday….if that doesn’t get your heart racing with excitement, what will? Located in Baltimore is this unique art museum that features work only by self taught artists. They host various mediums, from paintings to glittering buses. They also have some really cool oversized statues you have got to check out.

Sex Museum

Sex Museum

(Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Sex is among the most salacious topics known to man. But this museum is far from pornographic. Instead it is a genuinely interesting look at sex through history, located in a city known for its unabashed perversions and eroticism. From stone phallus statues found in a temple of Aphrodite during the time of Rome, to paintings depicting sex in multiple cultures, you will be amazed by what you can learn here.

Museum of Bad Art

Museum of Bad Art

(Various, Massachusetts) – Some art just sucks. If you want to see what that means, then head to one of the three locations where they host such “masterpieces”. In Massachusetts you can find basement showrooms in different buildings that have hundreds of pieces of the worst art you can find. Check out a selection of that collection on their website. Most pieces have been found at second hand shops, in dumpsters, and at yard sales. They are worth a look.

Museum of Human Disease

Museum of Human Disease

(Sydney, Australia) – This January there is a lecture and exhibit dedicated to surviving the zombie apocalypse. That should tell you a great deal about this museum, located within the University of New South Wales. But there is much more to it than such novelty events. This is an interesting look at diseases and outbreaks in the history of humanity. It is one of the few museums anywhere that will have you leaving both fascinated and terrified.

Know of any weird (but affordable) museums? Been to some yourself? Let us know in the comments.

By Jessy Troy

Jessy Troy is the excited traveler and mom blogging from home. You can find me tweeting at @jessytroy

Why Try Thailand

Let’s be honest. You’re not going to run out of things to do in Thailand. With every island having countless opportunities for fun and adventure, as well as the thriving cities, you’re never going to be bored. But with so many things to do there is the danger you might miss the real highlights the country has to offer. Below is a guide to five of the most fun and memorable activities you need to seek out during your time in Thailand.

Travelling in Style

With so much to see and do in Thailand, why simply explore the country on foot or by public transport? How about taking the country in from a different vantage point – say, on an elephant. The Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang cares for over fifty Asian elephants in a forest near Chiang Mai. Rides up to an hour are available, and your conscience can remain clear thanks to the excellent treatment the centre offers these magnificent creatures. For the most adventurous, an overnight trek is even available, where you can even camp out in the forest with the stars of the show – the elephants themselves!

And once you’ve seen what Thailand has to offer on land, why not take to the water and visit one of Thailand’s floating markets? The most famous of these is Damnoen Saduak, 100km southwest of Bangkok. Here, you can experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional Thai market – from your own canoe – and bargain with traders for fresh fruit and vegetables, in one of the most colourful environments Thailand has to offer.

damnoen saduak

And staying on the water, there’s plenty more of Thailand to be seen beneath the surface. Head to Koh Tao to enjoy the best diving experience in Thailand with Koh Tao Divers. Their team will first teach you everything about diving, in a variety of languages, and then you will go off with a professional to explore the underwater tropical paradise, and its range of stunning coral and fish.

Party Time

Once you’ve visited the tourist hotspots, you might enjoy finding your own little secluded island to relax and enjoy yourself on. Thailand has tens of islands to explore across 5,000 miles of coastline, and you can discover as much of it as you like by island hopping. You can go at your own pace in your personal kayak across the calm seas, and once you reach your destination you’ll find plenty of breathtaking views, crystal clear water and white sand to take advantage of, whether in Phang Nga Bay, Ko Phi Phi Lee or any one of these stunning locations.

And if you’re really in the mood to let your hair down, Thailand has plenty of full moon parties where you can party hard for as long as you want – day or night. The Full Moon Party in Ko Phangan is particularly notorious and attracts crowds of revelers from far and wide. Where better to enjoy a drink and a dance than in the stunning surroundings of a beautiful Thai island?

Once you’ve done all this there’s still loads more to enjoy in Thailand. But hopefully the above five trips will provide some of the highlights of your trip, and great memories you can look back on fondly forever.

Jeffery Glenn is the Founder of the Professional and Technical dive training School based in Koh Tao- Go Pro Asia. Jeffrey has a wealth of experience in the divining industry and is one of the finest PADI IDC Instructors in Thailand.

Sporting events in and around London

We all know how fanatic Brits are about their football, but this is fortunately not the only type of sports they go wild about. With over 50 major sporting events happening throughout the year here are the top 5 sporting events you should get excited about if you’re visiting London anytime soon.

Wimbledon

One of the largest sporting events in Europe, and considered the most prestigious by many a tennis fan across the globe, Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Keeping to traditions, the Wimbledon Championships are the only Grand Slam tournaments still played on grass, the games’ original surface since 1877 when it was held for the first time at the then ‘All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club Ground’.

strawberries wimbledon tennis

Other Wimbledon traditions such as a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage are still being retained to this day. In recent years Wimbledon’s Centre Court was fitted with a retractable roof due to the lovely British summer rain interfering with playing times in the past, so don’t fret if you forget your umbrella at your Hotel.

The London Marathon

If you plan on visiting in spring (late April), you should definitely not miss the London Marathon. Still holding the world record for the largest charity event seeing participants raise 4.6 million in 2009, the marathon attracts professional and amateur runners from all around the globe, so if you’re feeling up for a challenge don’t hesitate to sign up and join the 30,000 plus participants, or well simply go as a punter and join in the fun.

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Six Nations Rugby

Another sports tournament steeped in history, the Six Nations championship is the oldest rugby championship in the world, dating back to 1882. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy fight for the trophy on each others’ turf from February through to April, hence the games that take place in Twickenham Stadium in London, are considered as one of the most important sporting events of the year, so make sure to book your tickets and hotel as early as possible.

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Starting out as a challenge between two students from the respective Universities in 1829, this annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club usually takes place on the last weekend of March or the first weekend of April on the river Thames.

An excess of a quarter of a million people watch the 4.2 mile race from the banks of the river between Putney and Mortlake each year with an additional 15 million people watching on the TV.

Royal Ascot

25 or so odd miles west of London lies the small town of Ascot, a small upscale town that hosts the most prestigious races for thoroughbred horses throughout the year. Get your top hats and best attire ready, the Queen and the rest of the Royal family are probably going to be there.